The Greatest Grand Prix Destinations in the World
Monaco, Monte Carlo
Monaco might be one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe, if not the world, but its iconic Grand Prix is the most famous and historic round of the Formula 1 season. Where else are you able to watch the cars screaming around the roads of a small city? You might not be able to afford to take part in the high-life, but you can experience a small part of it for yourself during this glamorous weekend.
Austin might not be on your radar for a Formula 1 holiday, but this track is fantastic for the spectator. Combine that with fabulous Texan weather, amazing food, and a whole host of crazy entertainment, and you’re onto a winner. In addition, it’s an easy, if slightly long, flight from the UK.
This sounds like an exotic destination, but in fact there are daily flights from the UK and the flight time isn’t too arduous at all. This is the last race of the season so there’s always a great atmosphere here. The Yas Marina is purpose built for racing and has facilities and grandeur that you can only dream of. Make no mistake: Abu Dhabi is up there with Monaco when it comes to big spending.
Budapest not only has a very spectator orientated track, but is also one of the more budget friendly destinations to watch a race. The racing here is always frantic, and the tight corners and narrow widths make for spectacular overtaking. Budapest itself is a gem of city, and you’ll be able to enjoy a fabulous city break amongst the stunning architecture and hedonistic nightlife without breaking the bank.
First and foremost, if you’re from Britain and you haven’t watched a Formula 1 race at Silverstone, make sure you get there before jetting off to foreign climes. The former Second World War airfield has been massively updated in recent years, and the atmosphere here is electric. This is a large, but very accessible track for the spectator and the entertainment on offer is excellent.
As the penultimate race of the season, the Formula 1 atmosphere in Sao Paulo is really amped up. Add this to the colour and spectacle that is modern day Brazil, and this might just be the most exciting place to be for the motorsport fan. Grand Stand Motor Sports agrees by saying, “With Brazil being World Cup hosts as well this year, the atmosphere in Sao Paulo would make this one of best places to watch a Formula 1 race this season”.
So there you have it, six places that make fantastic holiday destinations to combine with a weekend’s racing. With the season already well underway, you’ll need to book your tickets fast!
By Harry Price
Harry Price is a freelance writer who specialises in guest blogging. He enjoys playing football and going on motorsports holidays with his mates. When he’s not travelling, he can often be found in the gym.